The 55 & Go Volunteer organization celebrated its 2017 annual recognition banquet Tuesday evening at Grand River Multipurpose Center.

The 55 & Go Volunteer organization celebrated its 2017 annual recognition banquet Tuesday evening at Grand River Multipurpose Center. This year’s theme was “Hoedown.” A dinner was served before the program began. After dinner, those in attendance watched the entertainment of the evening which was Ballet Arts students performing several dances. Eva Danner Horton served as the evening’s emcee. This year marked the 44th anniversary of the 55 & Go Volunteer organization, which was formerly RSVP. 55 & Go is sponsored by Concerned Citizens for the Community, Inc. During the program, 55 & Go Volunteers were recognized for their hard work and dedication, and 55 & Go Volunteer awards were distributed. The biggest awards of the evening were the 2017 55 & Go Female Volunteer of the Year, the 2017 55 & Go Male Volunteer of the Year, and the 2016 55 & Go Station of the Year. Kay Potter received the female volunteer of the year award, and Loyde Sego was presented the male volunteer of the year award. Threads Thrift Store was announced as the station of the year award recipient. 2016 FEMALE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Kay Potter became a 55 & Go Volunteer nine years ago and has given 2,832 hours of service to the community. She volunteers many places, including Morningside Center, Grand River Historical Society, Grand River Multipurpose Center, 55 & Go office, Joy Toys, Threads Thrift Store, Livingston County Library and Concerned Citizens Independent Living. Quoting her nominator, Potter “is a volunteer who never says ‘No.’ She gives many volunteer honors for our community, and she enjoys giving her time to others.” 2016 MALE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Loyde Sego has been a 55 & Go Volunteer for two years and has given 192 hours of service to the community, driving and delivering meals to homebound people for the Grand River Multipurpose Center. Quoting his nominator, Sego has dedicated many hours to helping deliver home-delivered meals. “He is always cheerful and eager to fill in when he is called as a substitute driver as well.” 2016 STATION OF THE YEAR Threads Thrift Store has been a part of 55 & Go since 1992, making this their 25th anniversary with 55 & Go. During the past year alone, 32 volunteers served 4,372 horus there. Station hour records in the 55 & Go office go back only 15 years, and show that 151 different volunteers served 66,692 hours during that time. During the past year alone, volunteers collected and recycled 19 tons of textiles. They also sorted, priced, organized and sold or gave donated clothing and small household items. Quoting the nominator, “The 55 & Go Station Volunteers and Coordinator Theresa Figg are not only a benefit to the people of our community by providing them with very low-cost merchandise, but it also provides funding to help with the continuation of the 55 & Go Volunteer Program.” Additional coverage of the event, including recognition of volunteers reaching milestone hours and years will be published at a later date.